'Beyond the realm of imagination:' Oscars nominees react to their nomination

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 02:59PM
Jordan Peele reacts on Twitter with a GIF after being nominated for an Academy Award. (Jordan Peele/Twitter, Screenshot)
It's not every day that you get nominated for an Academy Award! See how this year's nominees reacted to learning they're up for one of Hollywood's most prestigious awards:

Kumail Nanjiani (Best Original Screenplay, "The Big Sick")

Guillermo del Toro (Best Director, "The Shape of Water")

"It is a great honor and joy to be here, today with a picture that remains faithful to all my convictions and the images I have loved since infancy. I want to thank the Academy and my professional colleagues for their kind disposition towards "The Shape of Water." I share these nominations with all the young filmmakers in Mexico and Latin America who put their hopes in our craft and the intimate stories of their imagination..."
Gary Oldman (Best Actor in a Leading Role, "Darkest Hour")

"Firstly, I want to congratulate my fellow nominees, both in the acting categories and across the board. To be in such company is deeply, genuinely, humbling. To have the chance to play an iconic leader like Winston Churchill at this point in my career, was the opportunity of a lifetime and I am so happy that my colleagues and partners on this wonderful film have also been honored with nominations. I am overjoyed to be nominated, and proud to be part of this wonderful thing known as movie making!"

Kobe Bryant (Best Animated Short, "Dear Basketball")
Sally Hawkins (Best Actress in a Leading Role, "The Shape of Water")

"This nomination is for every single one of us who brought our hearts to this film.

I am here because of the greatness of others. I stand on the shoulders of giants. Guillermo handed me a gift with this role, this film.

I am so delighted for us all.

To be honoured by the acknowledgment of my colleagues of fellow actors, filmmakers, writers, crew members is truly humbling.

It is a privilege to tell such stories and to be able to make films that show there is a life beyond the life that people know - one that is not always seen.

To be considered in this category along side these exceptional women is a real honour and gift in itself.

Thank you with eternal gratitude dear Academy!"

Martin McDonagh (Best Picture & Original Screenplay, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri")

"I'm thrilled that our film has received seven nominations from the Academy, and that the beautiful work of our editor Jon Gregory, our composer Carter Burwell, my gentle brothers-in-arms Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, and our fearless leader Frances McDormand, have all been recognised so wonderfully. I can't wait to celebrate with them all come March 4th."

James Gunn (Best Visual Effect, "Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2")

Jordan Peele (Best Director & Original Screenplay, "Get Out")
Meryl Streep (Best Actress in a Leading Role, "The Post")

"I am honored beyond measure by this nomination for a film I love, a film that stands in defense of press freedom, and inclusion of women's voices in the movement of history- Proud of the film, and all her filmmakers. Thank you from a full heart."

Richard Jenkins (Best Actor in a Supporting Role, "The Shape of Water")

"I'm so excited and thrilled by the nomination and for "The Shape of Water" team lead by Guillermo the Great. It is rare and humbling to be part of something so special."

Willem Dafoe (Best Actor in a Supporting Role, "The Florida Project")

"I'm very happy to be recognized by the Academy for my role in Sean Baker's "The Florida Project." I am very proud of this movie that authentically expresses the human spirit's natural impulse to extend itself to others even in difficult circumstances."

Christopher Plummer (Best Actor in a Supporting Role, "All the Money in the World")

"I am absolutely thrilled to have received this nomination by the Academy. It was quite unexpected but incredibly gratifying. Everything has happened so quickly of late that I am still a trifled stunned but excited by it all."

Click here for the full list of nominees and don't miss the Oscars on ABC on March 4.

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